Dallas Stars name Marc Crawford head coach

June 11, 2009 at 2:14 PM

DALLAS, June 11 (UPI) -- Marc Crawford, Vancouver's all-time winningest coach, was hired Thursday to a similar post with the NHL's Dallas Stars.

Dallas General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk fired Dave Tippett this week after the Stars failed to secure a playoff berth for the first time since 2002.

"I am very excited that we have been able to secure Marc Crawford for the Dallas Stars," Nieuwendyk said on the team's Web site. "Marc is a winner with extensive experience in this league, and I am confident he will get the most out of our hockey club."

Crawford, 48, a native of Toronto, has spent 13 seasons behind an NHL bench, most recently with the Los Angeles Kings during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

His career record of 470-361-156 in 987 regular-season games makes him the 16th-winningest coach in NHL history.

He amassed 246 wins in seven seasons with the Canucks (1999-2006).

"I look forward to building upon the success that it has earned over the years," Crawford said.

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